What: Children’s Planting Fun at the Child Development Lab Nature Playground
When: 9-10 a.m. Dec. 6 (Friday)
Where: UNT’s Child Development Lab, 1508 S. Bonnie Brae St., Denton
Background: Children at the University of North Texas’ Child Development Lab will have their first lesson in planting seeds at the lab’s new nature playground.
The playground will have outdoor features, including trees, various child-friendly ground textures, a dry river bed under an extra-wide bridge accessible to all children, planters for a variety of flowers, fruits and vegetables, bird feeders, a butterfly house, an area with tall plants that can be brought together to make an enclosure and a mud kitchen for the kids to create and play.
Carol Hagen, director of the Child Development Lab and principal lecturer in the College of Education Department of Teacher Education and Administration, said the playground is designed to let kids explore and use their imaginations while also gaining real life skills such as caring for plants and learning about animals and insects through observation.
The garden has been a passion project for Hagen, who received input from several experts and parents, as well as inspiration from a past trip to Monet’s garden in Giverny, France, where he painted several works, including Bridge over a Pond of Water Lillies.